Man suspected in Zodiac killings is formally charged in the case

June 22, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn man who the police say is the Zodiac killer -- a gunman who fatally shot three people and wounded five others in twin crime-waves in the early 1990s -- was formally charged in the case yesterday.

The suspect, Heriberto Seda, 28, who was arraigned in Criminal Court in Queens, is accused of fatally shooting two men, wounding a third and stabbing a woman to death. He was ordered held without bail.

Prosecutors said yesterday that they would soon bring charges against Seda in four other Zodiac crimes: three shootings in Brooklyn between March 1990 and October 1993, and the shooting of a homeless man in Central Park in June 1990. Seda was arrested Tuesday after shooting his teen-age half-sister and barricading himself in his mother's East New York apartment.

Pub Date: 6/22/96

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